There is a bit of hypocrisy among people who make claims about being friends of the natural environment. On the one hand, they claim that our need to reduce carbon emissions is critical – a global emergency wherein each year that goes by increases both the proximity and the level of approaching doom. And many of them refuse to even consider using nuclear energy. THIS IS … [Read more...] about We Should be Going Nuclear
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Yes, we’ll deal with both of the statements in the title of this article. Amazingly, they are both true. (although the second one is a bit more amazing than the first.) First of all, I’d like to say that I’m definitely in favor of someone going to Mars. Just not me. It wasn’t always this way. In the 1960s, during the actual “space race” to the moon, I was a geeky little … [Read more...] about I’m not going to Mars. (But maybe you can)
Why do we not push for getting everyone everywhere all on the same level first? I recently answered this question on a discussion forum. Here it is: It’s silly to think we should solve every problem on Earth before we explore anywhere else for a large number of reasons: First of all, space exploration takes a comparatively tiny amount of Earth’s resources. Even if it … [Read more...] about Why should we allow exploration of space instead of fixing poverty on Earth?
The loss of both the Challenger and the Columbia were tragedies. But they were both just part of a much greater failure. It’s not a popular thing to say. And, to some people it seems unpatriotic. Especially space geeks and other technology enthusiasts who grew up during the Apollo program and caught the bug of excitement over the development of space flight don’t like anyone to … [Read more...] about The Space Shuttle was a Failure
Some people look at the tech explosion of the 20th century and think that aliens must have helped us with it. Or maybe we “reverse engineered” it from crashed alien space ships at Area 51 or something. And I’ll have to admit that it can look magical to someone who isn’t a techie. Quote Arthur C. Clarke’s law: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable … [Read more...] about Was it Aliens?